Special Academic Programs
The Honors Academy
The Honors Academy offers students the opportunity to be a part of an academic environment that is intentionally designed to foster academic excellence. Students have the opportunity to enroll in stimulating designated Honors courses with exceptional faculty and other outstanding students.
Students who have a weighted average GPA of 3.5 in high school or who have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 after 12 semester hours of college level courses may apply for admittance into the Honors Academy. Students admitted into the Honors Academy must register for the Honors Colloquia (one credit hour) and the Honors seminar (two credit hours) and maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Three scholarships are open to honors students.
Distance Learning Opportunities
For many students today, time to attend traditional college classes is a luxury they cannot afford. Family, work, and personal responsibilities often take first priority for time and become a barrier to traditional educational opportunities. To meet the needs of these students, Florida State College offers a variety of alternative learning opportunities that require minimal or no attendance at site–based classes and/or testing.
Online courses are offered via the Internet, enabling students to study and participate in the virtual class at times convenient to their personal schedule. Students and teachers communicate via e–mail, discussion boards (for asynchronous communication) and live chat rooms.
Students must be self–disciplined and motivated to succeed in online learning. A reliable computer and Internet connection and Web browser are necessary to successfully navigate the course management system utilized for online courses. Current versions of browsers required (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari), an e–mail account provided by the College, Windows 98 or newer version, and virus–checking software are all essential components for students to enroll in online courses. For additional information about online learning, visit the Distance Learning Web site or call the Welcome Center at (904) 359-5433.
Video–Based CD Courses
Some video–based course content is available on CDs and/or DVDs. Students may check out CDs or DVDs from the center and campus libraries or purchase materials along with textbooks and study guides. Courses follow the standard 12 or 16 week schedules. Special terms are available for military students when deployed. Visit the Distance Learning Web site and go to CD–Based Courses for more information.
Military and Government Programs
Florida State College students interested in a commission as an officer in the United States Army may enroll in the basic Army ROTC College program at the University of North Florida. Students will be enrolled as Military Science Leadership students, college program students, or Army ROTC scholarship students based on the program in which they are accepted. Students who successfully complete the basic course are eligible to enter the advanced program at any university that offers Army ROTC. Students in the basic course may also be eligible for selection to the Army ROTC scholarship program. For information on the Army ROTC scholarship program contact the Army ROTC office at University of North Florida, Lieutenant Colonel B. Scott Jones, at (904) 620-3918.
Florida State College students interested in a commission as an officer in the United States Navy or the United States Marine Corps may enroll in the basic NROTC College program and take naval science courses at Jacksonville University. Students will be enrolled as Naval Science students, college program students, or NROTC scholarship students based on the program in which they are accepted. Students who successfully complete the basic course are eligible to enter the advanced program at any university that offers NROTC. Students in the basic course may also be eligible for selection to the NROTC scholarship program. For information on the NROTC scholarship programs visit the Navy ROTC Web page or contact the Navy ROTC office at Jacksonville University at (904) 256-7480.
Military Education Institute and Government Programs
The Military Education Institute and Government Programs exist for the purpose of developing and coordinating education and training opportunities for military service personnel, their family members, government employees, and local community residents in the Jacksonville area. To accomplish this mission, the College provides:
- college credit courses with an emphasis on the General Education Requirements offered at military installations during traditional semester terms and eight–week terms;
- classes offered at military installations enable enrollment throughout the year in the associate in arts, selected associate in science, and associate in applied science programs;
- distance learning classes in selected associate in arts, associate in science programs and associate in applied science, as a member of the Navy College Program Distance Learning Partnership (NCPDLP), SOCNAV, SOCCOAST AFLOAT program, SOCCOAST, Army National Guard Education Service Center Education Partner program; SOCGUARD, SOCAD, Army Career Degree Builders, U.S. Army Concurrent Admissions Program (ConAP); and SOCMAR;
- a full range of advising, registration and orientation services, including placement testing;
- evaluation of military and corporate training and experience by submitting the appropriate American Council on Education (ACE) Registry Transcript (SMART for U.S. Navy and Marine Corp and AARTS for U.S. Army and Army National Guard) and/or an institutional transcript from a military institution (CCAF – Community College of the Air Force, USCGI – United States Coast Guard Institute). Military and government personnel can apply these recommended college credits toward a degree related to their career field or other field of their choice;
- a liaison with Naval Recruiting District Jacksonville in the Navy’s technical preparatory program. This program is designed for dual enrolled high school students who are enlisted in the Navy’s Delayed Entry Program (DEP).
- a liaison with the military education service officers to assist students in the use of the military service tuition assistance (TA) programs; and
- non–college credit courses and certificates for students desiring to upgrade career and occupational skills or seeking personal enrichment.
For information, call (904) 633-8134 or toll–free (877) 633-5950 or e-mail the Military Education Institute.
Study Abroad Program
Florida State College sponsors a variety of study/travel abroad courses offering college credit. These courses are focused on certain aspects of selected foreign countries and include field experiences, and on–site lectures and discussions. Studying at a university in the foreign country is also a part of some study/travel abroad courses.
Orientation meetings and structured classes designed to strengthen educational experiences are held during the length of students’ enrollment in the activity.
Class attendance and participation in the scheduled events of the tours are mandatory. Regular admission policies of the College must be followed to enroll in the courses. Students are expected to pay their own transportation and other charges.
Study abroad/travel abroad courses are offered based on faculty interest and student enrollment.
Examples of the countries of focus for previous study/travel abroad courses include England, Greece, Italy, France and the Orient.
English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
Florida State College has programs specifically designed for students whose first language is not English. The EAP program is designed for students who are preparing themselves for academic study and who must develop proficiency in the English language to succeed in their coursework.
Prior to registration, students take a placement test (CPT–L) to determine which level of instruction is most appropriate. Based upon the results of these placement test scores, students are assigned to Level IV, Level V or Level VI courses with the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) prefix. Each level consists of courses in:
- speaking/listening and
Level IV classes are considered college preparatory classes, not intended for transfer, counted for graduation or calculated in total hours or in grade point average. Up to 12 credits of Level V and Level VI classes may be counted as elective credit toward fulfilling the number of credits required for a degree. If students test into EAP courses, they are required to take these courses before enrolling into non–EAP college credit courses. Courses at each level involve 12 contact hours per week, which is a full course load. Students may take less than a full load of classes each term if desired. Upon completion of EAP courses, degree–seeking students and/or those wishing to take college credit English or reading courses must take the College Placement Test. For additional information contact the Liberal Arts office on Downtown Campus at (904) 633-8397.
Strategies for Success in College, Career and Life
SLS 0005/1103 Requirement Policy
Students who test into one or more college prep disciplines (English, mathematics, or reading) will be required to take a college prep SLS course (SLS 0005 - Foundations of College Success) or a college credit SLS course (SLS 1103 - Strategies for Success in College, Career and Life). Students will take the SLS course in the first term of enrollment at the college or after satisfying the REA prerequisite requirement for the course (testing at the level of REA 0008 or above, or completion of REA 0006). Student cannot drop or withdraw from SLS class from schedule without seeing a counselor or advisor. View additional information and FAQ .
College Preparatory Courses
College preparatory studies provides special courses and support services for those students who are in need of further preparation in writing, reading and mathematics.
Through the course placement testing program or additional assessment, students who are identified as in need of further preparation should meet with a counselor to identify academic goals and the best curriculum to follow in order to achieve these goals.
All college preparatory studies courses are considered to be pre–college level. They are not intended for transfer, counted for graduation or calculated in total hours or grade point average. However, these courses will count as hours enrolled for financial aid/veteran purposes, Social Security or other enrollment verifications. These courses are identified as college preparatory studies courses in the course description section.
The following college preparatory studies courses are designed to bring students’ skills to the minimum college entry level.
- EAP 0400 - Speech/Listening Level IV
- EAP 0420 - Reading Level IV
- EAP 0440 - Writing Level IV
- EAP 0460 - Grammar Level IV
- EAP 0480 - Combined Skills
- EAP 0492 - Combined Skills Reading and Speech Level IV
- ENC 0001 - Introduction to Composition A
- ENC 0021 - Introduction to Composition B
- MAT 0002 - Basic Mathematics
- MAT 0024 - Elementary Algebra
- REA 0006 - Basic Reading Skills
- REA 0008 - Reading Skills
- REA 0010 - Introduction to Reading Techniques
- SLS 0005 - Foundations of College Success
Students who test into one or more of these college preparatory studies courses must successfully complete the course(s) with a grade of “C” or better before enrolling in college credit courses in that skill area. College preparatory courses cannot replace required EAP courses.
Research has shown that students at Florida State College who are successful in college preparatory studies miss less than four hours of class. The College has instituted an attendance policy for all college preparatory classes. College preparatory students should check the attendance policy in the course syllabus of each college preparatory course taken.
Full–time students who test into ENC 0001 and REA 0006 must take these two courses in their first term of enrollment. Full–time students who test into ENC 0001, REA 0006 and MAT 0002 must take all three of these courses in their first term of enrollment. Part–time students are recommended to take these college preparatory studies courses in the following order: reading, English and mathematics.
Full–time students who test into either ENC 0021, REA 0008, REA 0010 and MAT 0002 or MAT 0024 must enroll in at least one of these college preparatory studies courses each term until they have completed all such required courses.
Part–time students who test into either ENC 0001, REA 0006 or MAT 0002 must enroll in at least one of these courses each term until they have completed these courses. Part–time students who test into either ENC 0021, REA 0008, REA 0010 or MAT 0024, must enroll in these courses by the time they have accumulated 12 hours of college credit coursework and must maintain continuous enrollment in college preparatory coursework each semester until the requirements are completed.
Students who test into one or more college prep discipline areas will be required to take a four credit college prep SLS course (SLS 0005)* or a three credit SLS course (SLS 1103). Students will take the SLS course in the first term of enrollment at the college or after satisfying the REA prerequisite requirement for the course (testing at the level of REA0008 or above, or completion of REA0006). Students who are taking SLS 0005 or SLS 1103 under this requirement cannot drop or withdraw from their SLS class without seeing a counselor or advisor—doing so will drop a student’s entire schedule. For more information, see the SLS section .
*SLS 0005 is numbered like a college prep course and will not count towards any degree but will count towards full time attendance.
Limits to Enrollment in Each College Prep Course
Students who officially withdraw from college preparatory studies courses shall be considered enrolled that semester for purposes of the two–term limitation rule. Students may only have two attempts at a college preparatory studies course and pay the in–state tuition and fees rate. After two attempts, students must pay the out–of–state tuition and fees rate or enroll in adult education courses that provide an alternative to traditional college preparatory instruction. Students who opt to enroll in adult education courses must pay the associated fees that are charged for non–credit adult education courses.
Exceptions to this rule are subject to the student appeals process. Previous attempts made prior to Fall Term 1997 do not count toward the two–term limitation. Students testing into remedial instruction may access alternative private sources for this instruction.
College Credit Grading Policies
The policy on attendance for college classes will be the responsibility of the professor, and the professor will fully inform students of such policy at the beginning of the term.
The faculty and staff at Florida State College want you to succeed. Since studies indicate a positive relationship between good attendance and better grades, you are strongly encouraged to attend all classes and arrive on time.
- Individual instructors establish their own class attendance policies. Each instructor’s policy is included in the course materials distributed at the beginning of each term.
- It is your responsibility to understand and follow these policies and, if possible, to notify instructors in advance when it is necessary to miss a class.
- Any anticipated prolonged absences should be reported to instructors as soon as possible.
- If you stop attending class(es) for any reason, you should consult with your instructor(s) about possible withdrawal from the class(es).
Students may elect to audit a college credit course or workforce credit course by completing the audit form. Students may not change from credit to audit or from audit to credit after the drop deadline. A grade of “X” will be assigned for all courses taken in audit status.
No credit will be awarded and fees for college credit courses taken on an audit basis are the same as those taken on a college credit or workforce credit basis.
Courses taken for audit do not count as hours enrolled for the following areas: veteran certification, financial aid awards, Social Security certification, international student enrollment requirements or early admission program enrollment requirements.
Florida State College’s grading system is designed to evaluate the performance of students as fairly and equitably as possible.
Letter grades will be assigned for courses as follows:
||= Failure for Non-Attendance*
||= Not Reported by Instructor
*The FN grade indicates that a student has failed a course due to non-attendance. It is calculated as an “F” in the student’s grade point average. For students receiving financial aid, failure for non-attendance may require the student to refund to the College all or part of his or her aid. The FN grade will be assigned by the faculty member at anytime following the final withdrawal date for the course. Students who are in a failing status because of non-attendance but return to the course prior to the withdrawal date may elect to withdraw from the course.
Grade Forgiveness and Course Repeats
Students may repeat a course in an attempt to improve a grade previously earned. State Board Rule 6A–14.0301 limits such attempts to courses where a “D,” “F” or “FN” grade was earned, and limits to two the number of times a course grade may be forgiven. The official grade and the grade used in calculating the GPA shall be the last grade earned in the course.
A student may have only three total attempts in any course, including the original grade, repeat grades and withdrawals. Upon the third attempt in a course, the student must be given an “A,” “B, ” “C,” “D” or “F.” A fourth attempt may be allowed only through a general appeals process based on major extenuating circumstances.
Courses may be repeated if they are designated as repeatable through the curriculum process (e.g., certain music courses), or if they are required to be repeated by a regulatory agency, or are being repeated as part of a regulatory requirement for continuing education to stay current in a field, such as teacher certification. All courses attempted will appear on the transcript. The forgiveness policy does not apply to courses repeated after the term in which a degree was awarded. Students must be aware that transfer institutions may treat repeated courses differently and that some forms of financial aid may be affected.
A student may withdraw without academic penalty at Florida State College from any course up to the published withdrawal date. The assigned grade of “W” is not included in the calculation of any grade point average. Course(s) receiving a grade of “W” are included in attempted courses when determining a standard of academic progress. The student will be permitted to withdraw only in the first and second attempt. The student is not permitted to withdraw from the course upon the third attempt. Upon the third attempt a student must receive an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” “F” or “FN” grade for the course.
Students may request a withdrawal for extenuating circumstances after the session withdrawal date by requesting a grade change. The appropriate campus dean will make the decision after consulting with the faculty member(s). Requests for “W” grades after the end of a course constitutes a grade change and must follow the procedure for grade changes.
Withdrawal from a college preparatory class after the drop deadline constitutes one of two attempts to successfully exit that course. After the second attempt students will be advised into the appropriate adult education course or alternative remediation.
To withdraw officially from one or more courses after the “drop with refund” deadline (withdrawal from all courses constitutes withdrawal from the College), students must follow one of these procedures.
- Obtain withdrawal form(s) from any campus enrollment services office.
- Students are strongly encouraged to contact their professor(s) before withdrawing.
- Submit the completed form to the office of enrollment services. Forms will also be accepted by fax.
- Students can complete withdrawal process through the Web registration system, Connections, on or before the withdrawal deadline.
Note: Students who receive Title IV Federal Aid and withdraw during the first 60 percent of the academic term will be subject to repayment terms as outlined by the federal agency from which the aid was awarded.
Incomplete Grade – “I” Grade
An “I” grade may be assigned at the instructor’s discretion upon request by the student to permit the student time to complete required coursework which he/she was prevented from completing in a timely way due to non–academic reasons. The instructor may require the student to document the request to assist in the decision. The instructor may choose not to grant the request. The “I” grade should be considered only when the student has the potential to earn a passing grade if the missing work is made up.
The instructor shall prescribe in a written agreement with the student the remaining coursework required for completion and removal of the “I” grade. A copy of this agreement will be kept on file in the office of the appropriate dean. All work must be completed within the first eight weeks of the subsequent term, unless the instructor agrees to a longer time frame (not to exceed one year). When the work is completed, the instructor will submit a grade change form with the grade earned. If the work is not completed within the prescribed time frame, the “I” will automatically change to an “F” grade. The student will be informed of the final grade assigned.
To be eligible for an “I” grade, the student must be passing the course at the time of the request, and must have completed at least 75% of the course work.
When students repeat a course at Florida State College, only the last grade earned is calculated in their cumulative grade point average (GPA). However, students with an excessive number of “W,” “I” or “FN” grades and students who repeat courses to improve their GPA may jeopardize their admission to programs in the Florida State University System (SUS) or other institutions.
To evaluate the scholastic standing of students, the following points are assigned to grades.
||= four grade points per semester hour
||= three grade points per semester hour
||= two grade points per semester hour
||= one grade point per semester hour
||= zero grade points per semester hour
||= zero grade points per semester hour
Students’ scholastic standing or grade point average is obtained by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total number of semester hours attempted for which the foregoing grades have been assigned. Grades of “I,” “W,” “NR,” and “X” are not used in the computation of grade point average. Grades earned in college preparatory classes do not count in the computation of the grade point average.
GPA Calculation Example
| Credit Hours
18 GPA points divided by 9 GPA hours equals 2.00 GPA.
President’s and Dean’s List
Students who achieve academic excellence during a term are recognized by being placed on the College president’s or dean’s list. This is done at the completion of the fall and spring terms and in August for the summer terms. The criteria of eligibility for each list are listed below.
College President’s List
To qualify, students must have:
- a minimum enrollment of at least three credit hours (excluding college preparatory classes),
- a minimum of 12 credit hours earned at Florida State College (excluding transfer work),
- a Florida State College cumulative GPA of 3.0,
- a term GPA of 3.75–4.0 with no grade of “I,” “F,” “FN,” or “W,” and
- must be making satisfactory academic progress (see standards for student success above).
To qualify, students must have:
- a minimum enrollment of at least three credit hours (excluding college preparatory classes),
- a minimum of 12 credit hours earned at Florida State College (excluding transfer work),
- a Florida State College cumulative GPA of 2.5,
- a term GPA of 3.5–3.74 with no grade of “I,” “F,” “FN,” or “W,” and
- must be making satisfactory academic progress (see standards for student success above).
Once a grade of “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” “F,” “FN” or “NR” in a course has been reported to the Office of the Registrar, it may be changed only:
- upon recommendation of the professor who assigned the grade with approval of the associate dean or program manager, or
- upon recommendation by the program manager or associate dean and approved by the campus instructional dean when the professor who assigned the grade is no longer a member of the faculty.
The “I” grade may be changed by the professor to “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” “F” or “FN” within the time limits specified in the “I” grade agreement.
College Credit Standards of Academic Progress
Florida State College is dedicated to providing students with a high quality educational experience in an environment supportive of intellectual and personal development. The purpose of the Standards of Academic Progress (SOAP) is to clearly communicate the College’s minimum expectations of academic progress.
Students Who Will Be Affected
The standards described below went into effect at the beginning of fall semester 2005. These standards supersede the previously published standards and will be applied to all college credit students who have enrolled in a Florida State College with a cumulative total of six or more credits. A student’s cumulative Florida State College coursework (including college preparatory courses) will be used in the determination of academic status.
New and returning students with fewer than six credits of enrollment will be evaluated initially at the end of the semester in which they enroll in a Florida State College cumulative total of six or more credits.
Transfer students entering Florida State College will be evaluated once their records indicate six or more Florida State College credits of enrollment. Transfer credit will not be included in the determination of status.
*Please note that these standards are not the same as those applicable to financial aid. See the Financial Aid section of the catalog for financial aid standards.
In order to maintain satisfactory academic progress, students must maintain the following minimum cumulative standards:
Florida State College
Percentage of Semester Courses Successfully Completed
(“W,” “F” and “FN” grades
count as unsuccessful)
Required SOAP Cumulative
Grade Point Average
6 hours or
Students who meet or exceed the established cumulative standards will be considered to have satisfactory standing under the SOAP standards. Students who are placed on academic warning or academic probation will be returned to satisfactory standing as soon as they bring their SOAP cumulative GPA to a 2.0 or higher and successfully complete at least 50 percent of their coursework – also the standard for satisfactory progress during any given semester if on warning or probation.
Standards for Students on Academic Warning, Academic Probation and Academic Suspension
Students who do not meet the standards for satisfactory standing will initially be placed on academic warning. All students placed on warning must meet with a properly credentialed employee during the semester before registering for future semesters. Students who make satisfactory progress during the semester will remain on academic warning until they return to satisfactory standing.
Students who do not make satisfactory progress based on the standard while on academic warning will be placed on academic probation. All students placed on probation must meet with a properly credentialed employee during the semester before registering for future semesters. When an employee deems a student to be in need of in–depth intervention, a counselor will assist the student. Their enrollment will be limited to nine credits per semester (fall, spring or summer). Approval of the nine credits will be at the discretion of the campus student success dean or the dean’s designee. Additional credits may be granted at the discretion of the campus student success dean based only on documented extenuating circumstances (death in the family, illness, family crisis or accident), or educationally sound reasons. The loss of Social Security, financial aid, veterans assistance, insurance or other benefits is not included in the definition of extenuating circumstances. Students who make academic progress will remain on probation until they return to satisfactory standing.
Students who do not make satisfactory progress (i.e., 2.0 SOAP GPA or greater and 50 percent successful semester course completion) while on academic probation will be placed on academic suspension and must wait one semester before reinstatement is possible. Students on academic suspension should seek reinstatement by contacting a student success office approximately two months prior to the beginning of the semester they wish to re–enter Florida State College.
Notification of Status
All students placed on academic warning, academic probation or academic suspension will be formally notified of their status by the College. Students placed on warning, probation, or suspension should meet immediately with a properly credentialed employee to determine what action can be taken to return to satisfactory progress.
- Following the suspension period, students who wish to re–enter Florida State College must complete an application for reinstatement available at any campus student success office. All students requesting reinstatement must meet with the campus dean of student success or the dean’s designee. The campus dean of student success or the dean’s designee will enter the approval for all reinstatements.
- Suspended students who apply for reinstatement will be reinstated on probation and allowed to register for a maximum of nine credit hours.
- Students may be granted additional credits at the discretion of the campus student success dean based only on documented extenuating circumstances (death in the family, illness, family crisis or accident) or educationally sound reasons. The loss of Social Security, financial aid, veterans assistance, insurance or other benefits is not included in the definition of extenuating circumstances. Students must also have shown progress in the probationary period prior to being suspended and the extenuating circumstance must have occurred in the probationary period prior to suspension.
- Students who are approved for reinstatement may register for the subsequent semester if satisfactory academic progress is made. At any time following the first re–enrollment semester after suspension, the campus dean may approve registration for additional credits. Once students return to satisfactory standing, registration will not be limited by this rule.
- Reinstated students who do not make satisfactory progress during a semester of reinstatement will be suspended and restricted from registration for one academic year. At the conclusion of the suspension period, these students may apply for reinstatement as described in paragraph one (1) above.
- Immediate Reinstatements – Students will be immediately reinstated if a grade change restores them to satisfactory standing.
Experiential Credit and Credit by Exam
Credit for Non–College Training and Certification
Individuals who have submitted an application for admission to the College as a degree–seeking student may request an evaluation of valuable non–college training and certifications. Non–college training includes training that is provided by organizations other than a college or university, including industry–sponsored training and industry–recognized certifications. Credit for such educational experiences will be granted in accordance with the recommendations of the American Council on Education (ACE) when applicable to the student’s program of study. Information on the documentation required to apply for these credits can be obtained from the enrollment services offices.
Military Service School Credit
Individuals who have submitted applications for admission to the College as a degree–seeking student may request an evaluation of military training and experience by submitting to a campus enrollment services office the appropriate American Council on Education (ACE) Registry Transcript (SMART for U.S. Navy and Marine Corp, and AARTS for U.S. Army) and/or an institutional transcript from a military institution (CCAF – Community College of the Air Force, ARNGI – Army National Guard Institute, USCGI – United States Coast Guard Institute, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy). Electronic transcript requests can be made by visiting our Credit from Military Experience Web page, and clicking on the link appropriate to the students’ branch of service. Students receiving veterans educational benefits must have their military training evaluated to continue receiving benefits. For more information contact the Military Education Institute.
Credit for Prior Learning
Individuals who have submitted an application for admission to the College as a degree–seeking student may obtain college credit for theory and knowledge acquired through life/work experiences that are equivalent to college level course work. The student seeking experiential credit must register for the Portfolio Development for Prior Learning course (SLS 1371 or CWO 0404) to learn how to complete a portfolio documenting prior learning as it relates to a specific course in the selected program of study. The student may then submit portfolios for faculty evaluation and recommendation to award college credit. Completing the Portfolio Development course and submitting a portfolio for evaluation does not guarantee approval for college credit. Evaluation fees are set by the Florida State College at Jacksonville District Board of Trustees.
Credit by Examination
Students may earn up to 45 semester hours credit toward an associate’s degree through credit–by–examination. This may be a combination of Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), International Baccalaureate (IB), College Course Challenge Exam (CCCE), DANTES subject standardized tests (DSST), Excelsior and/or transfer credit. Credit not counted within this 45–hour limit may be obtained by participation in the College Course Challenge Exam (CCCE). For more information regarding the following tests, contact the campus assessment and certification center.
Advanced Placement Test (AP) is a nationally developed program for acquiring college credit while enrolled in high school. The test is administered through the high schools, and credit is granted for scores of three, four or five on approximately 30 approved tests. Score reports may be submitted for evaluation to any campus assessment and certification center. Fees are set by the College Entrance Examination Board.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a nationally developed program for credit–by–examination. Credit is granted for scores equating to a “B” or “C” passing level on approximately 25 tests approved by the State Board of Education. Fees are set by the College Entrance Examination Board. This computerized test is administered by appointment at any campus assessment and certification center. Score reports may be submitted for evaluation to any campus assessment and certification center.
International Baccalaureate Program (IBP) program is a Geneva–based program of study offered through high schools throughout the world. The program consists of a comprehensive system of courses and examinations that focus on the development of a high quality liberal arts education. Florida State College may award up to a maximum of 30 semester hours of credit. It is a program for acquiring college credit while enrolled in high school. Credit is granted for designated scores on individual tests or for the IBP diploma.
DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST) is a program developed by the Department of Defense for awarding credit by examination under the auspices of Defense Activity for Non–traditional Educational Support (DANTES). Military personnel may obtain information, applications and a list of approved tests from the Navy Campus for Achievement (NCFA) offices on local Navy bases or education offices in other branches of the military service. Fees are set by DANTES. Non–military students may contact the campus assessment and certification centers for information concerning registration, tests and fees. Students may submit credit earned through DANTES for Florida State College credit evaluation through the assessment and certification center. Credit is awarded for scores equating to a “B” or “C” as approved by the State Board of Education.
Excelsior College Examination Program (formerly known as Regents College Exams or the Proficiency Examination Program) is a nationally developed program approved by the American Council on Education. The tests are administered locally by Sylvan/Prometric testing centers and credit is granted for grades of “B” or “C” on eight approved tests. Score reports may be submitted for evaluation to any campus assessment and certification center.
Glossary of Terms
An official record of a student’s academic history including biographical data, degrees, certificates, diplomas or honors received, and grade point average.
Advanced Technical Certificate (ATC)
The Advanced Technical Certificate is a program of instruction consisting of at least nine (9) credit hours but less than forty–five (45) credit hours of college–level courses. The certificate is awarded to students who have already received an Associate in Science or Associate in Applied Science or related undergraduate degree and who are seeking an advanced specialized program of study to supplement their degree. Offered as college credit.
Applied Technology Diploma (ATD)
A career–credential that consists of a course of study that is part of an A.S. or A.A.S. degree, is less than 60 hours, and leads to employment. Guaranteed statewide articulation into the A.S. within 3 years of completion of the ATD and upon presentation of an official transcript. Offered as college credit.
Associate In Arts (A.A.)
(Also known as the university parallel or transfer program.) Designed for students who plan to complete their freshman and sophomore years of college work at Florida State College and then transfer as juniors to four–year colleges or universities.
Associate In Science (A.S.)
Career education programs designed to allow students to immediately pursue careers which require a college degree at the technician or paraprofessional level. Several degrees transfer to a university.
Associate In Applied Science (A.A.S.)
Career and technical education programs designed to allow students to immediately pursue careers which require a college degree at the technician or paraprofessional level.
Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.)
An upper level degree for students who have earned an Associate degree or higher and wish to further their education.
College Level Academic Skills (CLAS)
The state of Florida Legislature has repealed the requirement to pass the “College level communication and mathematics skills examination” (CLAST) in order to be awarded a bachelor’s degree effective July 1, 2009.
In order to demonstrate continuing concern for institutional accountability and effectiveness, as well as performance standards for student learning outcomes, the Legislature maintained the current CLAS exemptions as degree requirements. For CLAS exemption information, see College Level Academic Skills.
College Preparatory Studies
Courses designed to enhance student skills in reading, writing and/or computation in order to prepare them more thoroughly for success in college level courses.
Continuing Workforce Education
Courses and programs designed to provide skills and knowledge to students pursuing short–term career enhancement goals.
Courses which are taken at the same time during the same academic session.
Unit of measure for college credit course work. Except for laboratory, music and studio art courses, a credit hour typically corresponds to 50 minutes of class instruction per week for one semester. Traditionally classes are three credit hours.
Degree Audit (DA)
A report that identifies the student’s primary program of study, lists the program requirements and summarizes the progress toward graduation.
Degree Seeking Students
Students who have been admitted to a degree awarding program (B.A.S., B.S.N., A.A., A.S. or A.A.S.) or a college credit technical certificate program.
Distance Learning Courses
A combination of televised or computer delivered lessons, readings in a study guide and textbook, faculty interaction and testing that is an alternative to traditional, campus–based instruction.
Courses in addition to the general education requirement. In most cases, the course should relate to the student’s major. Consult your counselor or advisor for more information.
Policy that allows a student to repeat a course in an attempt to improve the grade. Course may be repeated no more than two times. The grade used in calculating GPA will be the last assigned grade, although all attempts will appear on the transcript.
General Education Requirements (GER)
Core of courses designed to develop skills, attitudes and understanding in broad discipline areas: social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, mathematics and communication.
Florida law which requires inclusion of writing requirements and computational skills in certain courses.
A numerical value assigned to each grade for the purpose of computing grade point average (GPA). See the section on grading for more information.
Grade Point Average (GPA)
A measure of the student’s scholastic standing obtained by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total number of credit hours attempted.
Information Literacy Assessment (ILAS)
Designed to assess the set of skills needed to find, retrieve, analyze and use information. The assessment is a graduation requirement for students of Florida State College who are seeking an A.A., A.S. or A.A.S. degree.
Non–Degree Seeking Students
Students wishing to earn college credit for self–enrichment, teacher certification or transfer to another college.
Courses that are required for entrance into a particular program or required before a student may take a particular course.
Programs that have special selection and admission criteria and procedures, which may be obtained from the program office as listed in this catalog.
College credit program of study designed to provide the basic professional courses of an occupation.
Official record of a student’s academic standing, including biographical and test data.
Twenty-five Secrets to College Success
Success in your college studies is the result of many factors. Here are some practical things you can do to increase your chances of success.
1. Develop a Clear Goal. Why are you going to college? What do you hope to accomplish? What career do you want to pursue? If you know what you want, it is also often easier to endure what must be done to get there. Enrolling in SLS 1301 Career Planning and the World of Work and SLS 1401 Computerized Career Exploration may be a good way to clarify your career goal. If you would rather do it yourself, self–directed “Career Options” booklets are available from any campus student success office.
2. Have an Academic and Career Plan. Academic advising is an important part of any student’s success. Your counselor or advisor can help you determine exactly what courses you need to take for a given program, major and transfer institution. For students planning to transfer to a university, requirements often vary from one university to another and usually involve certain prerequisite courses that you need to work into your program of study. You should select a major and transfer institution as soon as you can, since some programs of study have many prerequisite courses. It is also a good idea to meet with a counselor or advisor any time your plans change. You may make an appointment in any campus counseling and advising center.
3. Set Clear Priorities. Without clear priorities, what is more important can sometimes get lost in what is more fun or exciting. You should have a clear sense of what comes first and should monitor your own activities to make sure they reflect this set of priorities. Developing a weekly schedule – with an appropriate balance between your priorities – is one way to do this.
4. Take an Appropriate Class Load. Twelve credit hours is a minimum full–time class load. If you are employed 20 or more hours a week, you should probably take three to nine credit hours (one to three classes), depending upon the difficulty of the classes, the amount of time you have to study, your GPA and other factors. If you are not sure, generally it is better to take a lighter load rather than risking one that is too heavy. Students who are not working and who have a high GPA (3.0 or higher) can often take 15 (or sometimes more) credit hours. Summer (six weeks) term class loads should usually be no more than half as many credits as during a fall or spring term.
5. Review Your Degree Audit. Your degree audit summarizes your progress toward your degree and lets you see what you have yet to finish. The degree audit does not include university prerequisites; see a counselor or advisor for this information. To obtain your degree audit go to FACTS.org.
6. Register Early. The earlier you register, the better selection of classes you will have. It is a good idea to seek academic advising before the beginning of registration.
7. Use College Resources. Florida State College has many resources that can help you succeed. You should familiarize yourself with the assistance available within the learning center (help with reading, writing, mathematics and other subjects), the career center, the computer lab, the learning resources center (library), the foreign language lab and the campus counseling and advising center.
8. Know College Rules and Procedures. You should thoroughly familiarize yourself with the information in your College catalog; the procedures for dropping or withdrawing from classes, the grading system, deadline dates (listed in the catalog calendar), the student code of conduct and grade appeal procedures are some of the things you need to know about.
9. Sharpen Your Learning Skills. Many students have difficulty simply because they have never learned certain basic study skills. Develop these skills by adding Strategies for Success in College, Career and Life (SLS 1103) or the college prep SLS 0001 to your schedule. You’ll gain a unique advantage in the classroom and in the workplace with the survival and success skills taught in this course. Topics include goals and priorities, maintaining commitment, teamwork and decision making, learning skills, leadership styles and skills, and much more.
10. Develop Computer Skills. No matter what your major or program, computer skills will be helpful to you. Word processing, for example, can greatly increase your efficiency with any kind of writing assignment. Computing resources are generally available in the learning resources center and the computer lab. CGS 1570 Microcomputer Applications, OST 1100 Keyboarding/Introduction to Word Processing (for those without typing skills) and/or OST 2771 Word Processing I can be good courses to develop these skills. Non–credit courses are also readily available.
11. Speed Up Your Reading. Reading speed and comprehension are fundamental to college success. No matter how well you presently read, you will benefit by increasing your reading skills. By doubling your speed (often a realistic goal), you can cut in half the time required to read certain kinds of assignments. Such courses are often taught in continuing education programs.
12. Develop Critical and Creative Thinking Skills. One of the ways that college is different from high school is the degree to which professors expect you to be able to think in analytical and creative ways. These skills come more naturally to some people than others, but anyone can enhance them by following certain guidelines and through proper practice. Two particularly useful books on this subject are “Brain Power” by Karl Albrecht and “A Whack on the Side of the Head” by Roger von Oech.
13. Attend All Your Classes. This is the simplest way to get better grades. Many students fail simply because they miss class and, therefore, fall behind in their work. Also, some instructors have an attendance policy (outlined in their course syllabus) that allows only a few absences before your grade is affected. Other professors may not have an attendance requirement, but do not be misled – they will still hold you responsible for what is covered in class and for the work you miss.
14. Be Prepared for Class. This is an obvious but often neglected principle. Being prepared for class means having your assignments done on time, completing the required reading in your text and giving some thought beforehand to the day’s topic of discussion.
15. Read Your Course Syllabus Carefully. Your instructor is obligated to provide you with a course syllabus that summarizes the requirements of the class, the basis for assigning grades, any attendance policy and other relevant information. Read this very carefully and ask questions about anything you do not understand.
16. Talk to Your Instructors. If you are having difficulty in a class, often the best thing to do is to talk to your instructor. He or she may be able to suggest better ways to approach the material or other ways to get help with your class work. Be sure to ask about any class assignments or requirements that may not be clear to you. Also, if you are going to ask for an exception to an established class policy or procedure, it is often best to make an appointment and do so in private.
17. Start or Join a Study Group. It is often helpful to study with a group of other students taking the same class. This gives you a convenient way to ask questions about assignments, share insights, compare notes and quiz each other in preparation for exams.
18. Ask Questions. Don’t be afraid to ask questions when you are not sure about something. Instructors usually appreciate questions as a way of clarifying what they are teaching. Asking questions is the most direct way to find out what you need to know. If you have a question concerning College policy or procedure, the campus counseling and advising center can usually be of some assistance.
19. Use Supplemental Textbooks. If you are having difficulty following the material presented in a text, you can often find another text covering the same material in a different way. By doing a little research in the library, you can locate another book that is more in tune with the way you like to learn, that provides examples or presents the material in a clearer fashion. Ask a librarian for assistance with this.
20. Be Persistent. The best way to achieve your educational goals is to stay in school. This sounds simple, but many people drop out before they have really given themselves a fair chance to succeed.
21. Participate in Other Activities. There is more to campus life than just attending classes. Participation in student activities, clubs and other organizations can make you feel more a part of the College, help you develop leadership skills and give you the opportunity to develop friendships. Stop by your campus student activities office for more information.
22. Face Problems Head–on. If you are having a problem related to your school work, it is wise to do something about it as soon as you can. If you are not sure what to do about a concern, a counselor can often help you clarify your situation and your options.
23. Be Assertive. Learn to stand up for your rights. The College has grievance and appeals procedures to help assure your fair treatment. If you think you’ve been treated unfairly or unreasonably, make an appointment to talk with a counselor or the campus dean of student success to get some advice on how to best handle your situation.
24. Get To Know Yourself Better. The more accurate and realistic you are about your goals, abilities, skills and circumstances, the better able you are to chart out a wise course to college success. A counselor can also provide you with information about personality testing if you think this may be helpful.
25. Assume Responsibility for Your Success. No one has more to gain (or lose) than you. Every decision that you make makes a difference – how you spend your time, how carefully you complete your assignments, how hard you study for an exam and how determined you are in achieving your goals – each such decision will either bring you a step closer or further away from your goals.